The EPA states that halogenated fire retardants and BFR’s (brominated fire retardants) are toxic and that one BFR variant PPBDE, causes cancer. Europe has banned BFR’s while the Canadian Government has called them “toxic”. North Americans have more of these substances in their bodies than any other populations in the world and these chemicals are directly related to health issues in humans and lower brain development in infants. BFR’s are manufactured in electronics, furniture, clothing and everyday items to protect against fire. BFR retardants are designed to reduce the speed of combustion, not eliminate it. When they do combust, their fumes add poisons to accumulated gases which increases toxicity and adds to the problem of a fire.
“Much of the concern with the BFRs (bromine fire retardants) is due to the fact that some of them appear to be persistent and bioaccumulative, some of the BFRs …are structurally similar to PCBs and may cause some similar effects.” – Linda Birnbaum, a toxicologist and director of the U.S. EPA.
At SiO2, we have looked at this a different way.
SiO2 International Inc.’s variant Fire PROTECT is a fire inhibitor that will STOP the surface from burning not simply increase the combustion time of the surface. SiO2 Fire PROTECT will guard against combustion up to 3000ºC (metal melts at 2400ºC), so typical items such as curtains, upholstery fabrics, mattresses, etc. simply will not burn.
Our proprietary additive is safe enough to drink, and can be blended into any of our Coatings to offer the treated surface protection that cannot be matched by deadly toxic chemical fire retardants. Further, reduction in heat transfer through clothing can be as high as 95%, protecting the wearer against intense heat, while remaining water resistant, stain resistant, abrasion and soiling resistant and all the other characteristics offered in our coating Technology.
SiO2 Fire PROTECT – Safe, environmentally friendly, undetectable fire proof protection. Protection exceeding 3000ºC.